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  • Day66

    Day 66 Alice Springs

    June 18 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today we explored the parts of Alice Springs that we skipped last time around Australia.
    The first place we stopped at was the Araluen Cultural Precinct. Basically it was a big art gallery with lots of indigenous art and models.
    Next we walked over to the Museum of Central Australia. Inside we learnt about animals, nature, rocks, and indigenous culture. After the museum we went shopping for some more supplies.
    Back at the caravan park we hand fed Australian ringnecks, and crested pigeons. The ringnecks were my favourite.
    After feeding the birds we went swimming in the freezing cold pool at the front of the caravan park. After dinner we walked down to the strawberry and ice cream van and we each bought a pancake.
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  • Day68

    Day 68 Alice Springs

    June 20 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    To start off the day today we fed the Australian Ringnecks outside.
    We then went down to Simpsons gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges. The towering wall of the Simpsons Range was split by a narrow band of water. There was a pond of water that was freezing cold and we even spotted a rock wallaby.
    Next we drove back into town to check out the old Telegraph Station. We learnt about the history of the Telegraph Station and the township, the lives of the early telegraphers and their families, as well as discussing the Stolen Generation history of the site. Jessica, Ryley and I also did a quiz, and at the end we all got free lollipops and icy poles.
    Next we stopped by the Megafauna Museum where we saw dinosaurs, how people get bones out of the ground, the history of Alice Springs, and a giant bird called the Dromornis that looks just like the Snipe from the movie 'UP', (Kevin).
    After we finished at the museum we went back to the caravan park for our last splash and slide into the pool.
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  • Day46

    Angela and Duncan on holidays

    June 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Having a rest after taking a walk.
    Cuddling up in the tent, first night camping.
    Duncan at a roadside lunch stop
    Ange at a roadside lunch stop.
    Ange having a little kick back in the shade.
    Roadside lunch stop at Tunnel Creek.

  • Day47

    Alice Springs

    June 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin and 200Kms south from the geographic center of Australia between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges is Alice Springs. It is home to an array of galleries displaying outstanding examples of Aboriginal art. It serves as the perfect step off point to visit the red centre, and is home to the famous Henley on Todd-a day of fun where teams and individuals race in the dry bed of The Todd River during the Dry season. People race in bottomless tubs and yachts through the deep coarse sand. In the wet the Todd is in full flood and therefore the necessarity of the several bridges across the Todd in Alice.
    We visited the grave site of Reverend John Flynn who founded the royal Flying Doctors, bringing medical aid to the outback. His grave is marked by a large boulder that was brought to the site from the Devils Marbles-this did cause some unrest amongst the indigenous people who believe the stones from Karlu Karlu, Devils Marbles, to hold significant cultural significance . After sensitive discussions the stone remained , as it was believed that The Royal Flying Doctor service was for all people of the outback not just whites.
    We visited the Olive Pink botanical gardens-this arid region native flora reserve was founded in 1956 by Miss Pink ,an unconventional anthropologist and outspoken advocate for Aboriginal rights. She was also a noted botanical artist and a women ahead of her time in the promotion of Australian native plant cultivation. She also held knowledge in regard to bush tucker and medicinal plants.
    We were able to experience reptiles up close at the Alice Springs reptile center, including pythons, goannas, venomous snakes and the great little favourite-The Thorny Devil lizard.
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  • Day12

    Driving to Alice Springs

    August 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We got away at 9.30am and managed to get back to the Erlunda Roadhouse around 12.30 with no stops. A bite of lunch and quick feed for the emus and we were on the road again.

    We arrived at the Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park around 2.30pm with a huge squeal from the girls as they saw the huge water slide into the pool. As we set up they disappeared down the road, towels in hand, and not back till Joe hunted them home after grabbing some groceries.

    The girls are very keen on visiting what sounds like a dessert cafe near the office and would be perfectly happy to stay in the caravan park tomorrow but I think we'll try and explore Alice a bit. After all the red dust the grass here makes it feel like an oasis! With all the washing done and leftovers for dinner we're planning a nice relaxing evening.
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  • Day13

    Alice Springs

    August 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After getting caught up with the washing we decided to take a quick trip to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. We had planned on taking a look at the Desert Park but it looked like a place you would need to spend half a day at least to get a good look around. The girls were very keen on spending as much time at the caravan park as possible and to be honest we were all stuffed to a quick trip to the Reptile Centre sounded like the perfect alternative.

    It didn't disappoint! We ended up spending a couple of hours at the centre looking at all the different animals. We were lucky enough to see their salt water crocodile being fed which only happens once a week through winter then we were able to meet and hold a few of their residents which the girls got a real kick out of.

    We went and grabbed a couple of groceries and had a late lunch. Paige commented on how many aboriginal people were around. It's definitely been an education for the girls!

    Within minutes of getting back to the caravan park the girls were off to the pool and their beloved slide. We had a bit of a rest watching the local bird life flying around. Once the girls came back we had dinner and wandered down to the dessert place one last time. The kids have decided we should come back to Alice Springs for a holiday without leaving the caravan park! This one has definitely been a winner! To top it off fuel is available for guests at $125.9c per litre! Roughly 20c cheaper than the rest of town! The Big 4 MacDonnell Range Caravan Park was five star all the way!!
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  • Day27

    Alice Springs, Big 4 MacDonnell Ranges

    July 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    A very expensive park, however this park has been my favorite park yet.
    4 pools, one with a huge slide, (the weather wasn't quite warm enough but we still used the slide), 2 jumping pillows and a trampoline. I loved the jumping pillow best. It had 2 playgrounds, half a basketball court, a tiny mountain bike path and every night they would have different activities eg: movie night, live music, didgerido playing, and lots more.
    Very pricey but worth the money.
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